Yes, it is RIDICULOUS that a match as critical as US@Honduras Saturday night will not be shown on television in the United States. I will explain more in story Saturday. In the meantime, if you want to know where you can watch the game on closed circuit, go to this link and scroll down to FL listings and you'll find 12 Miami spots -- all appear to be Honduran restaurants and bars.
Frankie Hejduk, the US national team's 35-year-old Energizer Bunny, has been called into camp to train for Honduras. He is due to arrive in Miami tonight, and will be at practice tomorrow. If it seems like this guy has been around forever, it's because he has!
Frankie Hejduk, the US national team's 35-year-old Energizer Bunny, has been called into camp to train for Honduras. He is due to arrive in Miami tonight, and will be at practice tomorrow. If it seems like this guy has been arond forever, it's because he has!
So the U.S. men's national team is back in town, preparing for its final two matches of the cycle and on the verge of stamping their passport to South Africa.
A win in Honduras or a draw at home against Costa Rica gets the job done. That, and much more, below...
Unlike other national teams, the US slips into town and practices with little fanfare...just a few diehard fans watch from behind the fence, and a few reporters show up...13 guys were in camp today for a light workout, 8 others were due in by tonight...practice Tues-Wed-Thur mornings and then off to Honduras, where The Catrachos are 8-0-0 at home this World Cup qualifying cycle. Will be a tough match. Clint Dempsey out with sprained shoulder. If US wins, they clinch a World Cup spot. If Honduras wins and Costa Rica loses, Honduras advances. If US fails to clinch there, they have one more chance vs. Costa Rica in Washington DC Oct. 14. Biggest pity is that the US-Honduras match is not on cable TV.
I know, I know. I've been MIA. Blame the Dolphins, IndyCar racing and a shift in responsibilities at the Herald. But I know those just sound like excuses. Just know I've missed you too.
Anyway, what's new? A lot, actually. The United States flamed out of the U-20 World Cup in the Group Stage, falling short of Costa Rica on goal differential.
The knockout stage begins Friday, with Paraguay facing Korea, Ghana taking on South Africa, Spain battling Italy and Hungary going at it with the Czech Republic.
Then on Saturday, it's Brazil-Uruguay, Germany-Nigeria, Venezuela-UAE and Egypt-Costa Rica.
As for the big boys, they return to action Saturday for two final qualifying matches. The United States can clinch a World Cup berth with a win Saturday at Honduras OR a draw against Costa Rica next Wednesday at RFK Stadium.
In CONMBEBOL action, Michelle Kaufman dedicated her Sunday column to the plight of Diego Maradona's Argentina, which could very well miss the World Cup, even with Lionel Messi, largely viewed as the best player in the world.
Closer to home, I take a look at Miami's bid to host World Cup matches in either 2018 or 2022. I could be wrong, but I get the impression that Land Shark Stadium is a near shoe-in to be one of the 18 venues used in the United States' bid to FIFA. Stay tuned.
And yes, I'll try to be better about blogging.